Jose Ortiz-Pagan

Region: Northeast

City / State: Philadelphia, PA

My work establishes a conversation regarding post-industrial realities in the tropics and colonies (such as Puerto Rico), and how this has affected the way we approach and trade time. Through carbon steel rust, I juxtpose a natural and unstoppable notion of time with the idea of long-lasting materials and the attachment we, as a society, have to them. I do this in order to destroy the idea of comfort and expose false responsibilities imposed by our economic system.